The Research Agenda
At the core of the Tytana Research Agenda is the principle of bridging the widened gap between theory and practice toward the eventual generation of new knowledge aimed at advancing the research culture and the quality of human life. MTC shall endeavor to be a model institution of higher learning in the areas of health, arts and sciences, information technology, accountancy, management and other disciplines founded on the culture of nurturance and excellence.
Moreover, the Research Agenda is based on the National Higher Education Research Agenda-2 (NHERA 2009-2018) that restates the general policies on higher education research namely: capability; productivity and utilization.
At the nucleus of this agenda are the following goals:
The Research Agenda is centered on the institutional vision and mission to be congruent with the efforts of the academic, administrative, and extension departments in fulfilling its aspiration to be a model institution of higher learning in health and other disciplines; moreover, it seeks to realize its goal to be a center of total human development founded on the culture of excellence and nurturance.
The Research Agenda is the foundation of the research culture which eventually would evolve from the conduct of research among faculty and students. The huge volume of research that would swell from year to year, whose researchable areas orbit around the same research agenda, would eventually bring to birth a Tytana research culture of improving the quality of human life through the upgrading and advancement of health and allied health-related curriculum; the intensification of instructional performance among the faculty and work performance among staff; and the promotion of critical thinking, excellence and superiority in health and allied-health related disciplines, arts and sciences, information technology, accountancy and management, business and global entrepreneurship, food systems, culinary arts and hospitality management and other relevant skills for academic advancement of Tytana stakeholders.
The Research Agenda becomes tangible when the research outputs are disseminated by publishing thru the research journals and had been presented in research fora. Moreover, it completes its purpose when the results are utilized as confirmatory to existing theories and practices in the classroom or the community or when the results pronounce the generation of new knowledge and are, in due course, incorporated in the local instructional materials of the institution in the pursuit of quality and excellence in education.
The Research Agenda in consideration of the aforementioned goals is revolving around five dimensions: (1) context; (2) input; (3) process; (4) effects; and (5) impact so that, holistically, the research culture of the institution would envelop diverse facets of a growing academic institution. These are: circumstances and perspectives; contribution to its growth (students, faculty and institution); practice and procedures; consequence of the latter; and its impact.
Meanwhile for the Manila Doctors College of Nursing, the development and production of quality health and allied-health related workers and leaders who can help improve quality of life shall be the foundation of the research activities of the center, thus the specifics of the research agenda are conceptualized in five dimensions: Context (circumstances and perspectives); Input (contribution); Process (practice and procedure); Effects (consequence); and Impact.
2.1 The Five Dimensions of the Research Agenda
2.1.1 Context is understood as circumstances and perspectives. Studies about implications of nursing and psychology education; support systems; opportunities; new directions and priorities; linkages; challenges; assessment on quality of education; and problems are some researchable areas for the society or community as stakeholders.
For the students, faculty, and the curriculum planners/implementers as stakeholders, researchable areas are views, perceptions, perspectives, opinions of health workers/psychologists on certain phenomena; expectations, satisfaction, and evaluation of students about the institution and its services; research capabilities of faculty, students, and staff; etc.
2.1.3 Process means procedures and practice. All researches about the process of instruction, instructional materials development, and community involvement compose this dimension. Specifically, it can focus on the institution’s best practices in instruction, factors accounting for success, review of programs, analysis of community experiences, interventions for effective teaching and learning, etc. The students, faculty, and the curriculum are the stakeholders.
2.2 The Manila Doctors College of Nursing Research Areas
2.3 The College of Arts and Sciences Research Areas
2.4 The College of Accountancy and Management
2.5 The Areas for Institutional Research
For the society and community as stakeholders, the researchable areas are centered on linkages with other health related institutions; collaboration with other research centers; etc.